Sir John Isham Bt (1582-1651) was High Sheriff of Northamptonshire and created the 1st hereditary Baronet of Lamport by King Charles I.
Isham was born on 27 July 1582, and was the only son of Thomas Isham. He was named after his grandfather, John Isham of Lamport Hall (1525-1595), who had made enough of a fortune as a London wool merchant to acquire an extensive estate near Lamport, Northamptonshire where in 1568 he built a manor house.
Isham succeeded to the Lamport estate in 1605 after the death of his father. In 1607 he married Judith Lewin, the daughter of William Lewin (d.1598), a Doctor of Laws and Judge of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury. They would have three children: Elizabeth, Justinian and Judith.
On 29 March 1608, Isham was knighted by James I. In 1611 he was appointed to High Sheriff of Northamptonshire, a post that his grandfather, the elder John Isham, had held 30 years before. Wealthy and successful, Isham became a member of the aristocracy when Charles I on 30 May 1627 created him the first hereditary Baronet of Lamport. The title was probably purchased, as both Charles I and James I before him had used baronetcies as a means of raising funds, first for the settlement and pacification of Northern Ireland and later for the settlement of Nova Scotia in the Colonies.
Sir John Isham died on 8 July 1651 in Lamport, and was buried there with his wife (who had died in 1625). The title of baronet subsequently passed down to his only son Justinian Isham. His daughter Elizabeth Isham is known for her diary, which is one of the earliest known examples of an autobiography written by a woman.   
Lamport Hall in Lamport, Northamptonshire is a fine example of a Grade I Listed House. It was developed from a Tudor Manor but is now notable for its classical frontage. The Hall contains an outstanding collection of books paintings and furniture. The building includes The High Room with a magnificent ceiling by William Smith. It also has a library with 16th-century volumes and an early 19th-century cabinet room with Neapolitan cabinets which depict mythological paintings on glass. It is open to the public.
The Broughton, later Broughton-Delves, later Broughton Baronetcy, of Broughton in the County of Stafford, is a title in the Baronetage of England. It was created on 10 March 1661 for Sir Brian Broughton, of Broughton Hall, near Eccleshall, Staffordshire, High Sheriff of Staffordshire from 1660 to 1661 and the member of an ancient Staffordshire family.
There have been seven baronetcies created for persons with the surname Palmer, two in the Baronetage of England, one each in the Baronetages of Ireland and of Great Britain and three in the Baronetage of the United Kingdom. Four of the creations are extant as of 2015, one of which became merged into the first grantee's later barony: Baron Palmer, the first baron being an heir to part of the Huntley & Palmers international biscuit business and a patron of music. The other current creations were awarded to a lawyer and politician of wealth under Charles II, to a South Sea Company director under George III and to a shipbuilder, shipbroker who was a Liberal statesman under Victoria.
The Frederick Baronetcy, of Burwood House in the County of Surrey, is a title in the Baronetage of Great Britain. It was created on 10 June 1723 for John Frederick of Burwood House in the southern half of Walton-on-Thames which later became Hersham.
The Milbanke, later Noel, later Milbanke Baronetcy, of Halnaby in the County of York, was a title in the Baronetage of England. It was created on 7 August 1661 for Mark Milbanke. His father was Mark Milbanke of Chirton, Northumberland a Newcastle on Tyne merchant and hostman who was Sheriff of the city in 1638, and Mayor in 1658 and 1672, and whose marriage brought him an estate at Halnaby, near Darlington, North Yorkshire. The second Baronet was High Sheriff of Northumberland in 1678. The third Baronet was High Sheriff of Northumberland 1685 and Member of Parliament for Richmond. The fifth Baronet was Member of Parliament for Scarborough and Richmond. The sixth Baronet sat as Member of Parliament for County Durham. He married Judith Noel and changed his surname in 1815, but he died leaving only a daughter, Annabella, who married the poet Lord Byron, and so he was succeeded by his nephew. The tenth Baronet was awarded the Victoria Cross. The title became extinct on the death of the twelfth Baronet in 1949.
The Isham Baronetcy, of Lamport in the County of Northampton, is a title in the Baronetage of England.
Sir Charles Edmund Isham, 10th Baronet was an English landowner and gardener based at Lamport Hall, Northampton. He is credited with beginning the tradition of garden gnomes in the United Kingdom when he introduced a number of terracotta figures from Germany in the 1840s. Nicknamed "Lampy", the only gnome of the original batch to survive is on display at Lamport Hall and insured for £1 million.
Isham is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:
Sir Justinian Isham, 2nd Baronet was an English scholar and royalist politician. He was also a Member of Parliament and an early member of the Royal Society.
Rev. Euseby Isham, D.D. was an English academic administrator at the University of Oxford.
William Lewin or Lewyn of London and Otterden, Kent, was a college fellow, tutor, ecclesiastical lawyer, and judge. He also served three times as a member of parliament for Rochester.
Sir Thomas Isham, 3rd Baronet of Lamport is known for a diary he wrote from 1671 to 1673 of his observations as a teenage member of the English aristocracy.
Sir Justinian Isham, 4th Baronet was an English landowner and Tory politician, who sat in the House of Commons almost continuously from 1685 until his death in 1730. He was the longest serving member, later termed Father of the House, from 1729 to 1730.
Zacheus Isham, D.D. (1651–1705) was a Church of England clergyman and religious author.
Sir Gyles Isham, 12th Baronet was an English aristocrat, actor and historian.
Sir Justinian Isham, 5th Baronet, of Lamport, Northamptonshire was a British Tory politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1730 to 1734.
Sir Edmund Isham, 6th Baronet of Lamport, Northamptonshire was a Member of Parliament for several successive terms during the reigns of Kings George II and George III of Great Britain.
Elizabeth Isham (1609–1654) was an English intellectual, herbalist, and diarist. She is best known today for her two autobiographical diaries, which are among the earliest known examples of autobiography written by an Englishwoman. Although a wealthy woman, Anne Cotterill has said that for Isham her “mind was more to her than wealth.”
Sir Justinian Isham IV was the 7th Baronet of Lamport and served in 1776 as High Sheriff of Northamptonshire.
Sir John Henry Seale, 1st Baronet (1780–1844) of Mount Boone in the parish of Townstal near Dartmouth in Devon, was a Whig Member of Parliament for Dartmouth in 1838. He was created a baronet on 31 July 1838. He owned substantial lands in Devon, mainly at Townstal and Mount Boone. Together with the Earl of Morley of Saltram House near Plymouth, he built several bridges in Dartmouth, most notably the Dart crossing. Arthur Howe Holdsworth's, the previous Member of Parliament in Dartmouth, influence over the pocket borough of Dartmouth ceased after the 1832 Reform Act and subsequently he was in competition for that parliamentary seat with John Seale, who won the seat.
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